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CMT + DPC JOURNAL EHR/EMR Report, 2017: Membership Medicine Trends — “National vendor use parallels Subscription-based healthcare solution use.”

Medscape’s EHR Report 2016 finds eClinicalWorks, Practice Fusion, NextGen and Allscripts among the most popular.

CMT and The DPC Journal EHR Report 2017 finds the same vendors (as above) very popular among prospective and currently operating Membership Medicine physicians [nationally from 2015-2017]. Those widely used and referenced included: Epic; eMD; Athena; Amazing Charts; Quest and Practice Fusion. Elation and Atlas.md EMR were also mentioned by some physicians in specific oral interviews.

“Subscription-based, membership medicine clinics [including both Concierge Care; MicroClinics and Direct Primary Care], their staff and physicians have some of the same yet, very different technology needs from their EHR/EMR vendors as they did prior to modifying their business models,” said Michael Tetreault, Editor of Concierge Medicine Today and its sister trade journal, The Direct Primary Care Journal. “Today, we conclude our [500 physicians surveyed from 2015-2017] analysis and compare the EHR/EMR utilization and vendor selection results to other national reports and … we find a few EMR and EHR Software solutions are rising to the top for very different reasons.”

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Medscape EHR Report 2016: Physicians Rate Top EHRs

Carol Peckham, Author; Leslie Kane, Sr. Director, Medscape Business of Medicine; Susanna Rosensteel, Editor

August 25, 2016 – Electronic health records (EHRs) are part of nearly all physician practices, but implementation has not been without challenges. In this year’s report on EHR use, Medscape surveyed 15,285 physicians across over 25 specialties. We asked about usage, specific system ratings, and vendor satisfaction. Respondents also described how their EHR affects practice operations and patient encounters. Overall, it is evident that some dramatic changes have taken place since Medscape’s 2012 EHR report.


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EHR Adoption Trends (SK&A): Current & Historical Insights >>

  • Currently, there are roughly 1100 vendors that offer an EHR — twice the number of vendors 4 years ago.[4]
  • In January 2016, 59% of providers reported using an EHR, a slight decline over January 2015 as a result of a much larger sampling size.[2] Source: SK&A
  • Roughly 45% of providers reported spending more than $100,000 on an EHR.[3]
  • Less than a decade ago, nine out of ten doctors in the U.S. updated their patients’ records by hand and stored them in color-coded files. By the end of 2014, 83% of physicians nationwide use electronic health records (EHRs), up from 61% during the prior year.[1]
  • 67% of providers reported not liking the functionality of their EHR systems.[3]

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Data are for the U.S. (Source: CDC[5])

  • Percent of office-based physicians using any EMR/EHR system: 78.4% (2013)
  • Percent of office-based physicians with a basic system: 48.1% (2013)

Source: Use and Characteristics of Electronic Health Record Systems Among Office-based Physician Practices: United States, 2001–2013


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EHR Vendor Market Share by Practice Size (Click Here to View Chart …)


  1. http://www.practicefusion.com/blog/ehr-adoption-rates/
  2. SK&A
  3. http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/physician-outcry-ehr-functionality-cost-will-shake-health-information-technol?page=0,0
  4. http://www.practicefusion.com/brown-wilson-black-book-rankings/
  5. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/electronic-medical-records.htm
  6. http://www.medscape.com/features/slideshow/public/ehr2016

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